Not sure why you need a hair mask if you're happy with your shampoo and conditioner? Allow us to tempt you into adding this extra treat into your haircare regime, and shop some of our favourite masks as you scroll down.
1. It'll help you hair to grow longer
Everyone's hair has it's own natural "breaking point" where it'll begin to fall out rather than growing any longer. But stronger hair stands up to more damage, meaning well-conditioned locks may well grow a little longer than before. If you're dying to get an extra inch or two out of your hair, keeping it soft but strong is vital, and a once-weekly hair mask will really help. Choose a product designed to go right into the roots, like Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment (£8).
2. It locks in colour for longer
Whether you use a natural shade to cover greys, or a richer colour that gives you a dramatic change, hair colour (especially DIY dyes) can fade really quickly. A well-chosen deep conditioning mask should be used weekly without fail from the moment you dye your hair. It will help to lock in the colour and keep it looking like it did the day you dyed it for much longer. Pick one formulated especially for coloured hair, like Redken Colour Extend Magnetic Mask (£21).
3. It protects hair that's been bleached
If you bleach your hair, and we mean anything from a full-on platinum dye job to subtle balayage streaks, your hair will be damaged. The process of going blonder pulls moisture as well as pigment out of the hair and the best way to get back some of that shine is with a hair mask. Choose one designed specifically for blonde hair to help keep that colour looking fresh (and not brassy). Lush Marilyn (£10) is a pre-wash treatment that you can leave in for as long as you dare to deeply hydrate blonde hair, and leave colour looking fresh and bright.
4. It gives you a chance to indulge
Most masks need to be left on the hair for a while to work their magic, but don't see this as a waste of valuable time. There's nothing like a bit of Sunday afternoon "me" time spent getting your hair looking gorgeous! Use a hair mask in the bath rather than the shower for a relaxing treat, but remember to rinse hair with clean water, not bathwater, or you could end up with residue that leaves your hair looking lank.
5. It makes styling easier than ever
With a good hair mask, your hair will be easier to style than ever before. A good moisturising mask will help hair to hang well without frizz. You'll spend less time detangling, and your blow-dry will be softer and shinier without the arm ache. If you like your natural texture, let your hair dry naturally after using a hair mask to really see the benefits and avoid causing more damage with unnecessary heat.